The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust was established in 1995 to promote the development of a broad waterway park, which will link the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes to the river Great Ouse in Bedford through a series of waterway parks. It will include pathways and green space designed to meet the needs of all who enjoy rambling, walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding and those who simply like to chill out next to the waterway park. We believe it should be an essential part of the infrastructure in the Oxford/Milton Keynes/Cambridge Corridor.
Despite wide-ranging and ongoing support for the Trust’s campaign to secure a culvert under the upgraded A421 the Department of Transport and the two local councils involved in the road scheme have made it clear that there is no funding available. The Trust has taken up the challenge to find sources of funding but this will take time and the road scheme will risk further costs if it is delayed. We have been reassured that it will be possible to tunnel under the road at some future date, albeit at a much greater cost. We will continue to look for opportunities to resolve the problem which lack of a culvert in the current scheme presents. The campaign of support has given the Waterway Park a much bigger and wider profile which is a very positive outcome. We have been supported by all 5 local MPs as well as our members, the IWA, the Bedford Chamber of Commerce and many others. The Trust wants to thank everyone who has lobbied in support of our case and hope that your involvement with the Bedford and Milton Keynes waterway will be ongoing!
The Trust has recently received some very good news which will be important for us as we continue to promote the Waterway Park and seek funding for sections of the route. The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), whose role is to help economic growth thrive across the region, has lent it’s support to … Continue reading “Local Enterprise Partnership supports B&MK Waterway Park”
The proposed route of the Bedford to Milton Keynes Waterway Park is being marked by the installation of unique wood carvings at the Forest of Marston Vale’s Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park. The Trust commissioned the carvings by local wood carving artists – Carrie Yuen and Tony Langston. The carvings portray examples of wildlife … Continue reading “Press Release – B&MK Waterway Trust Unveils New Wood Carvings”
A new report from planning and engineering consultants Peter Brett Associates says the proposed Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway Park can make a significant difference to the local economy, bringing many more visitors to the area each year and value to developments along its route. Jane Hamilton, Chair of the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway … Continue reading “New Waterway will boost the local economy”
In March the Trust was made aware of the proposal to go ahead with a scheme to upgrade the A421 south of Milton Keynes and, despite our lobbying for 2 years, to not provide a culvert which would secure the route of the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway. The main reason given for this decision … Continue reading “Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway Park – Impact of the A421 Upgrade”
“This is exactly why we need the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway! Waterway travel to Bedford will be safe and easy when we close that gap.” BBC News article: ‘Mad’ narrow boaters to navigate The Wash to Bedford